So I’m assuming you’re familiar with the hot word on the market
Which we all face at some point in our days.
But the devil a step ahead of it, that’s a lot harder to deal with
Why anxiety occurs – there can be one to many reasons . The symptoms are the same – dizziness, excessive sweating, racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing .
Bad news is there is no permanent quick fix for this. It can keep sprouting up time and again. Good news is, there are techniques you can use, very effectively, to battle it . One of them is grounding techniques. Precisely what we’re going to discuss.
Have you heard of the Fight or Flight response ? It’s something ingrained in all of us as humans. To put it simply, our ancestors would have died without it.
Look at this way – If their brains didn’t tell them to fight or run when they encountered a mountain lion, they’d be eaten .
And the catch is, when your brain is putting you through anxiety, it’s just the fight or flight response. There’s no real danger.
This obviously could be due to multiple reasons –
History of panic attacks in your family .
History of Substance abuse.
Your brain has trouble regulating cause and effect.
You have Post Trauma Stress Disorder.
Albeit serious , these issues are not life threatening to you.
Anxiety is an extremely normal response to a traumatic event, and if you have it, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy or out of control. It’s completely normal.
Now the idea is to model yourself after a tree. Nothing is more grounded and firm than it. And this is how most men want to feel in a tense situation. If you’re as grounded as a tree, it is much harder for a fight or flight response to shake you.
Don’t try calming down ( fighting it ) or ignoring it ( running away ). That’s essentially encouraging the response because you’re still fighting and running.
That’s why Grounding techniques are so powerful – They are redirecting the anxiety.
A. UNDERSTAND THAT PANICK ATTACKS ARE NATURAL RESPONSES OF YOUR BODY TO DANGER
If you understand what’s happening is completely normal, you’ll be in a much calmer position to bring yourself back to the present moment.
Essentially, you’re taking that power away from anxiety and redirecting it to yourself.
B. THOUGHT REPLACEMENT
You might have noticed moments, thoughts or triggers that trigger your anxiety. Identify them.
Thought replacement is identifying them and replacing the negative thoughts with positive ones.
Practice thought replacement when you’re calm. That way when anxiety strikes, you’re ready with a host of positive thoughts to replace it with .
One of the most popular techniques, and proven to be highly effective.
Meditation makes you think and breathe slowly as opposed to anxiety which forces your brain to jump to conclusions that you are in danger.
D. NOT TOO MUCH CAFFEINE
Believe me, I share a love hate relationship with this one. Too much coffee obviously affects your nervous system directly and begins to result in energy crashes.
It actually helps in releasing the fight or flight symptom directly into your blood.
I’m not saying caffeine is the root of all stress. But if you’re suffering from bad anxiety, cutting back on it helps.
Try green tea or matcha as a healthy replacement – with just the right amount of caffeine you need.
E. DO THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY
We’re understandably a lot more stressed when we’re on the run day in and out – working or studying.
Take time out to cut out from that, and resort to something you love. Can be cooking, can be taking a walk or watching a movie.
F. KEEP BUSY
An empty mind is a dangerous place for anxiety to creep in. When you have nothing to do but worry.
Like I said, keep doing things you love and you’ll find lesser and lesser scope for anxiety coming back up .
G. WALK MINDFULLY
Take a walk and be mindful of every sensation. How your leg muscles move when you take a step, your arms swinging , the wind, your breathing pattern.
This keeps you in the present as opposed to your brain sending you fight or flight signals, and instead making it focus on your surroundings.
H. TAKE A SHOWER
The heat from a hot shower helps in slowing down your heart rate, calming you gently. Also its a great fix for a good night’s sleep.
Like always, use the points above. See and keep what works for you. Throw away what doesn’t.
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